Setback for iPad ownersWhich makes some sense. After all EU regulations now make it compulsory for mobile broadband users to recive a little text warning them about the prohibative cost of going mobile abroad.
"Owners of iPads who have splashed out nearly £700 on the tablet computer may not be able to connect the device to mobile phone networks outside Britain. EU rules oblige mobile operators to send customers a text when they when go abroad warning them of the increased cost, which the iPad is unable to receive"
But hold on, isn't the great European taxpayer abpout to spend hundreds of thousands on the techno wizardy things? Yes it is, or if you prefer in Flemish,
The iPad plan was disclosed by a senior bureau source who was too worried to reveal his name. “We could get rid of our old PCs, some of which have outdated software such as Microsoft Word 2003,” the source said.So let me get this straight. The MEPs are all going to be given (thanks taxpayer) a nice shiny new iPad, but they will be pointless, because an MEP works in three countries; their own, Belgium and France.
“The majority of MEPs have already got iPhones and they are very happy with them. The PC was good for its time but the iPad is a much better device.”
As Marta Andreasen said at the time this was revealed,
“We were told the iPads would actually cut costs as they are not expensive and that we would be able to stay connected while outside the office or on holidays, but many of the older MEPs don’t even know how to use the internet properly.So all we will get will a whizz bang that will double as a for of hi-tech cargo cult juju. Sitting proudly in the corner of an MEP's residence, surrounded by candles, incense and burnt offerings.
“I am against that because it seems completely unnecessary, especially when European taxpayers are facing such difficult times.”